Xylitol Sweetener Information
If you have diabetes, you may be looking for information about using xylitol as a sweetener. This naturally occurring sugar substitute is found in strawberries, raspberries, and various other plants and does not cause the significant rise in blood sugar that real sugar does. It is commonly added to sugar-free candies and gums.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that does not contain any carbohydrates. However, it is not calorie-free, although it does contain fewer calories than sugar. Xylitol is considered a safe product; however, you should talk to your healthcare provider before taking it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
In addition to its use as a sugar substitute, xylitol is claimed to be helpful for preventing dental cavities, treating dry mouth, and preventing ear infections in young children.
(For more information on this product, including how it works and possible side effects, click Xylitol.)